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Summary

The Sunday Times and New York Times best seller.

This crisis is as big as the abdication - says Lacey, historical advisor to the Crown.

The world has watched Prince William and Prince Harry since they were born. Raised by Princess Diana to be the closest of brothers, how have the boy princes grown into very different, now distanced men?  

From royal expert and best-selling author Robert Lacey, this book is an unparalleled insider account of tumult and secrecy revealing the untold details of William and Harry’s early closeness, then estrangement. It asks what happens when two sons are raised for vastly different futures - one burdened with the responsibility of one day becoming king, the other with the knowledge that he will always remain spare. 

How have William and Harry each formed their idea of a modern royal’s duty and how they should behave? Were the seeds of damage sowed as Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage painfully unravelled for all the world to see? In the previous generation, how have Prince Charles and Prince Andrew’s lives unfolded in the shadow of the Crown? What choices has Queen Elizabeth II made in marshalling her feuding heirs? What parts have Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle played in helping their husbands to choose their differing paths? And what is the real, unvarnished story behind Harry and Meghan’s dramatic departure? 

In the most intimate vision yet of life behind closed doors, with the family’s highs, lows and hardest decisions all laid out, this is a journey into royal life as never offered before.

©2020 Robert Lacey (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The royal book of the year.... You’ve read their side of the story, now read the real story." (Daily Mail)

"You've read Finding Freedom – now discover the whole story." (Tatler)

"A portrayal of the royal heir and the spare that rebalances our perceptions of both.... It may also convince some readers that Harry made the right decision." (Sunday Times)

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Poor Harry is so hard done by

Not as blatant PR piece as Finding Freedom, but this book lays it on heavy about how badly Harry has been treated

Apparently He was used as the fall guy to make William look good for years and not treated with enough respect by courtiers.

I’m very disappointed as i thought this would be a balanced, informative book but it’s just rehashed stories that we’ve read in the press ( few direct quotes but lots of ‘friends said’ ), and basically said Harry has wanted to break free for years and it’s nothing to do with Meghan



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Very biased

I think Robert Lacey is very biased in the book. He obviously doesn’t like the Royal Family, I’m not bothered about them either way and have never listened to a book about them before. He portrayed Harry and Megan as victims of the Royal Institution I really don’t agree. I think the couple are victims of their own ego’s.

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Misleading Title

Yet another rehash of what we already know - it's a book covering the ill fated marriage of Charles and Diana with a couple of chapters tagged on and these are speculative at best.

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Nothing new

If you think you are going to find some interesting new piece of information - be warned - two thirds of the book is about Charles and Diana and everything that you read before.

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Dull. Nothing new

You’ll learn nothing that’s not been in newspapers or news channels. It focuses too much on Charles and Diana and really you wonder what the point is. I was looking forward to hearing this but really dull.

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Hooray for Prince Harry

The reader did a good job but his American and Canadian accents are decidedly dodgy.

The author clearly doesn't think much of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and relies heavily on inaccurate tabloid reporting to tell their share of the story. He fails especially to make it clear that a significant contribution to Sussexit was the fact that Clarence House and Kensington Palace actively colluded with the British media in the cruel and virulent smear campaign that was designed to send Meghan fleeing in despair. Unfortunately for them, this plan backfired, and deservedly so, when Harry decided to leave England with his wife to start a new life in California away from the tension and nastiness. I wish the Sussexes all the very best in everything they do. I hope the Royal Family is satisfied now.

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DREADFUL

No new material everything already out there in print, total waste of money and time

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Heard it all before

Just another re hash of all the information and stories we already know dating back right at the beginning of their parents marriage. Very misleading as a title and how it has been marketed. Incredibly disappointing !!

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Nothing new

I was looking forward to this book after reading an extract in a newspaper however it really doesn’t tell us too much we didn’t already know in hindsight I wouldn’t have listened to this it felt like a waste of time I kept listening hoping it would get a little better bud sadly it didn’t
I think we can all draw our own conclusions to this sad story rather than being told other people’s opinions which is really just what this book is.

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Author a Meghan Fan?

Not very objective, seems to be pro Meghan/Harry in a biased hero worship fashion.